Taylor Giorno is a fall researcher with the Arms and Security Program and Foreign Influence Transparency Initiative at the Center for International Policy. She earned her bachelor’s in foreign affairs from the University of Virginia (UVA) and her master’s in international affairs from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Originally from Salem, Virginia, she received the Skelton-Jones Scholarship from Rotary District 7570 to study peace and conflict prevention at the SAIS campus in Bologna, Italy. Taylor is a skilled researcher who successfully defended two theses and received the Emmerich-Wright Prize from UVA and the C. Grove Haines Prize for Excellence in International Policy Research/Writing from SAIS. She previously coordinated logistics and operations for a diverse portfolio of government programs as a contractor, which sparked her interest in defense spending and the economic impact of Pentagon contractors. Her research focuses on waste, fraud, and misconduct in the name of national security and the militarization of American foreign policy.